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Arsenal Transfer News: Goncalo Guedes Scouted, Latest Wojciech Szczesny Rumours

SETUBAL, PORTUGAL - DECEMBER 12:  SL Benfica's midfielder Goncalo Guedes in action during the Primeira Liga match between Vitoria Setubal and SL Benfica at Estadio do Bonfim on December 12, 2015 in Setubal, Portugal.  (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)
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Rob BlanchetteFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 9, 2017

Arsenal have reportedly sent former player Luis Boa Morte to watch Benfica wonderkid Goncalo Guedes.

Portuguese outlet Noticias Ao Minuto (h/t Max Miller of Metro) claimed Boa Morte, now a coach with Sporting Lisbon—scouting for the Gunners in Portugal—watched the attacking talent who is tipped to be his nation's next Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Steve Millar of the Daily Star said the winger has an astonishing £45 million buyout clause in his latest deal, as the elite clubs in Europe desire his undoubted talent. He adds Chelsea have scouted Guedes five times, and Manchester United are also paying attention to the 19-year-old

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The player is said to dislike comparisons to Ronaldo, according to Millar, but his talent is being recognised by a number of the biggest clubs in the world, with Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain also monitoring the prodigy. 

Guedes recently became the youngest-ever Portuguese goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League when he hit a superb winner in an away match at Atletico Madrid at the start of the campaign, per Millar.

The player's confident finish was captured on video:

The teenager's reputation has exploded in the past 12 months and comparisons to the Real Madrid icon are not surprising, due to his playing style and nationality. However, considering the size of his buyout clause, a purchasing club would need to exercise caution as they watch the player, evaluating if he is the real deal. 

Early impressions suggest he is; Guedes glides across the floor with style and has an eye for goal as part of his weaponry. The interest from Arsenal and other top clubs is likely to intensify in the coming months.

BeIN Sports USA reporter David Cartlidge said Atletico had "no answers" for the winger in their first Champions League meeting against the Eagles, as Guedes gave an exciting performance packed with maturity and danger:

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In other news, goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny could spend a second season on loan with Serie A club Roma, securing the Giallorossi's options between the sticks. 

Sky Sports Italia (h/t Football Italia) reported the Gunners stopper would work with potential new signing Alisson, currently at Brazilian club Internacional, allowing the 23-year-old to settle in Italy. 

Szczesny's time at Arsenal appears over, but there could be a desire to see him return if he stays out on loan for another year, rather than be permanently sold. If he plays second fiddle to the Brazil international next season and does not play, his current valuation will completely crash.

Guedes is an extraordinary talent and arguably the most exciting teenager in European football. The Ronaldo comparisons could be damaging to the teenager as he develops, but if he reaches the standards close to his compatriot, he will certainly be considered a world-class player.  

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